Building the Domestic Church With Holy Family

Supreme Chaplain's Monthly Challenge

December 2018

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  …Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Gospel for 12/23, Lk. 1:39; 41-42)

“In great haste”: my brother Knights, these three words teach us volumes! Mary set out “in great haste”—and the rest is history. Mary is the first evangelist. With the incredible news of the annunciation, she wastes no time fulfilling the command to visit her cousin Elizabeth. My brothers, we know that so many things can weigh us down and prevent us from delivering the good news to others with that speed and urgency. The Lord knows our every sorrow, weakness, fear, or excuse. And yet He invites us to look to our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and call upon her intercession. May we be known as her reliable sons who likewise carry the news “in great haste,” leaving behind everything that impedes us.

Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori:

This month I challenge you to pray at least a decade of the Rosary daily. Secondly, we are often in situations in which faith topics come up and we choose to say nothing.  This month I challenge you to engage in those conversations and share what you love about the Catholic Faith.